Sorry so late responding... and YES I had a blast!!!!!
The ship was splendid, I was thoroughly impressed. Most of the ship looked brand new. Thanks to all for the wonderful advice. I brought on a liter of rum in my luggage and a liter of vodka in a water bottle with no problem. My friend drank all of the rum, but I brought about half of the vodka back home. I must say, I had a wonderful time.
Ready to start planning the next trip.